Frank Gore is not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 running back rankings, but he is solidly in the top 10. Gore is fourth in the league in rushing with 547 yards and had two touchdowns last week against Tennessee. The 49ers are in London this week to face a Jacksonville team that is giving up more than 150 yards on the ground per game.
Jamaal Charles gets the nod for the top spot this week because not only is he the top fantasy scorer at his position, he has been remarkably consistent. Charles is averaging 128 total yards per game this season and has yet to post fewer than 100 in any one contest. He has four rushing touchdowns over his last three games, and while Cleveland is a top-10 rushing defense, Charles' versatility makes him hard to contain and pretty much a safe bet for 100+ total yards and between 15-20 fantasy points each week.
Marshawn Lynch also has been pretty reliable lately, averaging more than 20 fantasy points over his last four games. He gets the Monday night spotlight against a Rams team that was already struggling to score points and now is starting its backup quarterback (Kellen Clemens). Lynch could be in for another 20-point outing. Someone who could use a nice game is Adrian Peterson. The reigning MVP has just 90 yards rushing in his last two games combined, as the Vikings have started three different quarterbacks through six games. Peterson enjoyed a bunch of success last season against Green Bay, gaining 508 yards on the ground in three games, but the Packers are third in the league right now in rushing defense (79 ypg). Peterson will more than likely earn every yard he gets on Sunday.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
Can pretty much put him down for 100+ total yards.
at STL (Mon.)
Averaging 92 yards w/ 4 TDs over last 4 games.
Has gone over 100 yards rushing once in last 4 G.
Redskins allowing second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
Rushed for 508 yards in 3 G vs. Packers last season.
vs. JAC (London)
Jaguars allowing 150+ yards rushing per game.
Cowboys have given up just 3 rushing TDs.
Expect 20+ carries w/ WR/TE injuries.
Still 'Skins' lead back, averaging 5.3 ypc.
Reasserting himself as Patriots' lead back.
Averaged nearly 5 yards per carry vs. Ravens.
Aggravated knee injury last week vs. Bengals.
Bills allowing 124 rushing ypg, but only 2 TDs.
Hopefully bye week allowed hamstring to fully heal.
More total touches (12) than BJGE (10) last week.
at TB (Thurs.)
Bucs ranked third in rushing defense.
Rushed for 65 yards in first career start last week.
vs. SEA (Mon.)
Could be in line for even more carries post-Bradford.
vs. SF (London)
49ers have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.
Ankle an issue? Season-low 7 total yards vs. CIN.
Took over for Powell, finished with 34 att., 104 yds.
Saw only 9 carries compared to 12 for Thomas.
vs. CAR (Thurs.)
Set to make 1st career start in place of Martin (shoulder).
Only 16 rushing yards, but 2 TD rec. vs. Bucs.
Only useful in fantasy if he scores a TD.
Just 22 yards rushing last week, but he did score.
Looking to bounce back after 5 touches vs. SEA.
May finally be back in action this week.
Scored 3 rushing TDs on 11 carries last week.
Chiefs have given up just two rushing TDs.
Did not play last week because of hamstring.
Got only 3 carries vs. NE, while Ivory had 34.
Playing with bruised ribs, seeing fewer touches.
Picked up 36 yards, TD on MNF in Jacobs' absence.
at TB (Thurs.)
Has rushing TD in each of last two games.
Scored rushing TD among 8 carries vs. Jets.
Nearly doubled rushing total last week w/ 60 yards.
Costly fumble vs. Colts may mean fewer opps.
Jackson and Spiller are both banged up.
Randle not guaranteed starter's workload.
vs. JAC (London)
Rodgers getting majority of touches.
Needs consistent touches to have any real value.
Role could expand given all of the WR/TE injuries.
vs. SEA (Mon.)
Stacy clearly the workhorse for Rams now.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
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